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Grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based.                                               

Grants are funded by the federal government, state governments, and Temple University. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines! 

IMPORTANT: Temple University Grant (TUG) is a limited financial resource. It does run out each year. For this reason Temple maintains a FAFSA priority filing deadline (completed FAFSA on file that includes Temple University with a calculated EFC).

For the 2020-21 financial aid year, the FAFSA priority filing deadline was March 1.

For the 2021-22 financial aid year, the FAFSA priority filing deadline has changed to February 1.

NOTE: Outstanding/incomplete financial aid requirements will impact a student's eligiblity to be considered on-time. FAFSA applications received after the priority deadline will be considered for TUG on a first come first served basis until funding has been exhausted for the year.    

Occasionally you might have to pay back part or all of a federal or student grant if, for example, you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester.

types of grants